Improv for teens on the autism spectrumThe National Comedy Theatre is pleased to offer CONNECTIONS – An improv program designed specifically for teens, ages 13-17, who are on the autism spectrum.

Our program uses improvised theatre to teach creative thinking, listening and social awareness to help individuals develop a variety of social/communication skills in a fun and safe environment.

Students on the spectrum will have the opportunity to explore a variety of emotions, listening skills, social skills and pragmatic language while building relationships with peers through play. These skills are taught through various games and improvised scenarios that help individuals explore together and laugh with each other. Our 6-week programs are designed to meet each individual’s needs but with a goal of fun, friendship and improved social skills for each student.

NCTs inaugural session of CONNECTIONS, An Improv Program for Students on the Spectrum runs from September 13th – October 18th from 4:30pm – 6:00pm at the NTC Training Center at Liberty Station.

To learn more about the class and discuss the needs of your teen – call 619-500-4628 or

Program Director

Richie Ploesch, M.A., BCBA has been working in the field of special education for over 10 years.  His specialty is educating students and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  He earned his teaching credential in 2006, a Masters Degree in 2008, and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2009.  Since then, he has not only taught in special education classes but also taught as an adjunct professor, consulted with family members internationally and provided in home behavioral therapy to improve social skills and increase independence.